The interplay of modern myths about sexual aggression and moral foundations in the blaming of rape victims

Patrizia Milesi, Philipp Süssenbach, Gerd Bohner, Jesús L. Megías

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Abstract

Moral Foundations Theory proposes five intuition‐based moral concerns: Care and Fairness (“individualizing foundations”) as well as Loyalty, Authority, and Sanctity (“binding foundations”). In studies carried out in Italy, Spain, and Germany, the authors examined how these concerns are associated with the acceptance of modern myths about sexual aggression (AMMSA), and how both jointly predict rape victim blaming. Overall, victim blaming was positively predicted by Authority and Sanctity, and negatively predicted by Care and Fairness. Although victim blaming was best predicted by AMMSA, moral concerns also contributed to its prediction, partly independently, partly mediated through AMMSA, and in the case of Sanctity in interaction with AMMSA. Discussion highlights how integrating moral foundations in the investigation of victim blaming and AMMSA across different cultural contexts may deepen our understanding of why, in each cultural context, victim blaming and related beliefs are resistant to change.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)111-123
Number of pages13
JournalEuropean Journal of Social Psychology
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Keywords

  • moral foundations
  • rape
  • victim blaming

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